Kam's Kapsules by Kam Williams
The Aristocrats (Unrated). Documentary features over 100 comedians telling the same joke. Among the many mirthmakers are George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Drew Carey, Penn & Teller, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Steve Wright, Gilbert Gottfried, Andy Dick, Don Rickles, Bill Maher, and Rip Taylor.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Unrated). This remake of James Toback's cult classic Fingers (1978) revolves around a 28 year-old Parisian who would prefer to pursue his dream of becoming a concert pianist rather than follow in his shady father's footsteps. In French, Mandarin, Russian, and English with subtitles.
The Beautiful Country (R for profanity and a crude sexual reference). Post-war saga about the socially-ostracized love child (Damien Nguyen) of an American soldier (Nick Nolte) and a geisha girl. The son makes his way from Vietnam to America in search of his long-lost father. In Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and English with subtitles.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG for quirky situations, mild epithets, and action sequences). Tim Burton directs this adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel of the same name. Freddie Highmore, who was in Finding Neverland, plays the impish title character joined by Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, a role first brought to the movies in 1971 by Gene Wilder.
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (R for nudity, profanity, drug use, and pervasive crude and sexual humor). Rob Schneider and Eddie Griffin go to Europe for another round of sexual hi-jinks with an array of needy female oddities, only to discover that someone has been slowly knocking off the great gigolos of Europe. Features a cameo by Norm Macdonald.
The Dukes of Hazzard (PG-13 for sex content, crude and drug-related humor, profanity, and comic action violence). Screen adaptation of the hit television comedy series follows the misadventures of good ol' boys, Bo (Seann Williams Scott) and Luke Duke (Johnny Knoxville), who, with the help of their cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and their Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), fight to save the family farm from the clutches of corrupt Hazzard County Commissioner, Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds) and the sheriff (M.C. Gainey).
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (R for profanity, drug use, and pervasive sexual content). Comedian Steve Carrell enjoys his first title role as a nerdy nice guy egged on by a Greek chorus of co-workers determined to find a female willing to seduce him. With Catherine Keener as the ultimate object of his affection.
Four Brothers (R for sex, pervasive profanity, and graphic violence). John Singleton directs this remake of The Sons of Katie Elder, a classic Western starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Updated as a vigilante justice adventure set in present-day Detroit, this bloody urban saga revolves around a quartet of adopted brothers, two black (Andre Benjamin and Tyrese), and two white (Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund), who reunite to avenge the murder of their mother.
The Great Raid (R for brief profanity and protracted war violence). True World War II tale, based on the best-selling memoir by William Breuer, recounts the 1945 rescue of 500 American soldiers from a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines. With Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Joseph Fiennes, and Connie Nielsen.
Happy Endings (R for sex, nudity, expletives, and drug use). Comedy set in the world of massage interweaves the dramas of ten characters, each caught up in some sort of relationship crisis. Expanded cast features Tom Arnold, Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jesse Bradford, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, and Edward Furlong.
Mad Hot Ballroom (PG for mature themes). Dance documentary retraces the inspirational rise of eleven year-old New York City public school kids from humble circumstances who master the tango, fox trot, rumba, swing, and merengue in preparation for the annual, citywide competition.
March of the Penguins (G). Ornithological documentary follows a flock of penguins for a year, focusing intently on one pair of lovebirds in particular, during their annual migration across the Antarctic.
Me and You and Everyone We Know (R for profanity and disturbing sexual themes involving children). Newcomer Miranda July writes, directs, and stars in this arresting melodrama about the budding relationship between a struggling artist and a recently-separated shoe salesman (John Hawkes), with a couple of precocious computer savvy children.
Must Love Dogs (PG-13 for sexual content). Romantic comedy, based on the Claire Cook novel of the same name, about a divorced pre-school teacher (Diane Lane) who answers a man's personal ad looking for a woman who shares his love of canines. The cast includes Stockard Channing, Dermot Mulroney, and Christopher Plummer.
Red Eye (PG-13 for profanity, and intense violence). Wes Craven directs this nightmarish thriller about a woman (Rachel McAdams) with a fear of flying who finds herself held hostage at 30,000 feet by a fellow passenger (Cillian Murphy) on board a jet to Miami. Either she agrees to cooperate in a plot to assassinate the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, or her father (Brian Cox) gets a visit from a hit man.
The Skeleton Key (PG-13 for partial nudity, disturbing images, violence, and matures themes). Kate Hudson stars in this horror film, set in New Orleans, as a hospice nurse who discovers that the creepy mansion where she works happens to be haunted by the ghosts of previous owners who were lynched long ago for practicing voodoo. With John Hurt and Gena Rowlands.
Sky High (PG for action violence and mild epithets). Disney family-oriented adventure about an underachieving freshman (Michael Angarano) at a high school for future superheroes who finds it hard to live up to the expectations of his parents, celebrated crime-fighters known as The Commander (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston).
Supercross (PG-13 for sex and expletives). Motorcycle adventure about two brothers (Steve Howey and Mike Vogel) who, following the suspicious death of their dad, must put aside their differences and overcome emotional obstacles in order to get back on their bikes for the Motorcross Championship. With Daryl Hannah and Robert Carradine.
Valiant (G) Disney animated adventure, set during World War II, about an undersized, but brave pigeon (Ewan McGregor) who joins the Resistance and plays a pivotal role on D-Day, ferrying messages for the Allies. British production includes voicework by Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent, John Cleese, Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, John Hurt, and Hugh Laurie.
War of the Worlds (PG-13 for disturbing images and frightening sequences of violence). Steven Spielberg directs this remake of the 1953 sci-fi film based on the 1938 radio play narrated by Orson Welles adapted from the original H.G. Wells classic novel about a Martian invasion of Earth. Tom Cruise stars as a dockworker struggling to save his family. Cast includes Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, and Gene Barry.
Wedding Crashers (R for sex, expletives, and nudity). Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star in this over the top comedy as divorce mediators who devote their weekends to attending weddings in search of women. Tension arises when one of them falls for the daughter (Rachel McAdams) of an eccentric politician (Christopher Walken). Cast includes Will Ferrell and Jane Seymour.